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Restorative justice is the theme of Fall 2012 Teach-In

Restorative justice is the theme of Fall 2012 Lewis University Teach-In

Published: October 12, 2012.

Lewis University will host its Fall 2012 Teach-In titled, “Restorative Justice” on Oct. 24-26. Open to the public and free of charge, all 14 sessions of the conference will be held in the Sancta Alberta Chapel located at the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Sessions will be presented by eclectic and knowledgeable speakers who will offer various perspectives on restorative justice.

This year’s Teach-In Conference addresses the origins, purposes, and practice of restorative justice. Speakers will address various factors that play a role in restoring justice including past and present events.

    Sessions on Oct. 24:
  • 9 a.m. – "Foundations of Restorative/Transformative Justice" presented by Dr. Christie Billups, assistant professor of theology
  • 11 a.m. – "The Function of Forensic Social Work in Restorative Justice" presented by Dr. Billie Terrell of the Forensic Social Work Department at University of St. Francis in Joliet
  • 12 p.m. – "Discussion of the New Jim Crow" presented by Dr. Tennille Allen, assistant professor of sociology and Dr. Nancy Workman, professor of English
    Sessions on Oct. 25:
  • 9:30 a.m. – "Voices in the Wilderness: To Counter Terror, Build Justice" presented by Kathy Kelly, activist and peacemaker
  • 11 a.m. – "Agape Missions: One-Stop Shop for Re-entry" presented by Jill Skole, executive director of Agape Missions
  • 12:30 p.m. – "Envisioning a World Without Prisons" presented by Lewis Wallace from the Chicago Prison Industrial Teaching Complex
  • 2 p.m. – "Restorative Justice in Schools" panel comprised of Sr. Donna Liette, Jonathan Little and llana Zafran from the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
  • 3:30 p.m. – "A Restorative Approach to Conflict and Violence" panel moderated by Fr. David Kelly, C.P.P.S.
    Sessions on Oct. 26:
  • 9 a.m. – "Current Trends in Restorative Justice" presented by Dr. Carl Stauffer from the Graduate Center of Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • 10 a.m. – "Remembering Without Revenge" presented by Dr. Carl Stauffer from the Graduate Center of Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • 11 a.m. – "Emotional Availability of Women Inmates and Their Children" presented by Reverend Karen Hutt, minister in the Area Jails and Prison Society
  • 12 p.m. – "Doing Time, Doing Vipassana" presented by Dr. Christie Billups, assistant professor of theology
  • 1 p.m. – "Story from Corrections: Restoring the System" presented by Al White, adjunct professor at Lewis University
  • 2 p.m. – “Strong Woman”: A Stillpoint Theatre Performance presented by various professions in criminal/social justice, social work, political science, education and health

The Teach-In Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, Director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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